Out of all the competition at the League of Legends World Championship play-in stage so far this year, DetonatioN FocusMe has had one of the most impressive performances and shown the most progress for its region, given Japan's small player base and previous performances on international stages.
If anything, the major surprise was the Japanese team, DetonatioN FocusMe. They almost took out Cloud 9, who was expected to easily sweep their group. If they keep this up on their second day of games, then whoever they face in Round 2 of the Play-In Stage had better watch out.— NYAN INCH NAILS (@Kamunt) October 1, 2018
Many viewers anticipated Cloud9 to easily clean sweep its group. The North American team did end the group stage 4-0, but not without a fight from DetonatioN FocusMe. In its game against Cloud9, Detonation FocusMe showcased an excellent performance with top laner
In its games against the third team in its group, KaBuM! e-Sports, DetonatioN FocusMe picked up two wins and dropped only one against the Brazilian team. The team exemplified incredible game control in its game on Wednesday against KaBuM! e-Sports, destroying the enemy nexus with a 10K gold advantage and a 7-0 lead in kills.
Following its outstanding performance, many viewers are rooting for these underdogs as the Japanese League of Legends team continues on to the play-in knockouts, where it will face tough competition against the third seed team from China EDward Gaming. The series will be a best-of-five, and will begin Friday at approximately 4 a.m. ET.
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